Arms Warrior DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

Last updated on Jul 13, 2019 at 13:10 by Archimtiros 64 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Arms Warrior guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2. Here, you will learn how to play as an Arms Warrior in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Warrior guide.

1. Arms Warrior Overview

Arms Warriors are strong but somewhat slow damage dealers which revolve around building burst damage windows with Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash. Their greatest strength comes in the form of a versatile toolkit, offering Single Target, close-range cleave, burst AoE, and even a limited form of physical damage immunity.

2. Patch 8.2 Changes for Arms Warrior

Arms Warriors underwent the following changes in Patch 8.2.

In addition, Arms Warriors gained access to the following:

3. Arms Warrior's Strengths

  • Bursty, cooldown driven damage.
  • Versatile toolkit, able to effectively deal with 2 targets by using Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes, 3-5 targets with Cleave Icon Cleave, and burst AoE with Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm.
  • Customizable rotation due to numerous talents which replace or enhance existing abilities.

4. Arms Warrior's Weaknesses

  • Some reliance on Tactician Icon Tactician to fill global cooldowns.
  • Slow rotation, with intermittent periods of unfilled global cooldowns.
  • Lack of sustained combat healing.

5. Viability of Arms Warrior in the current patch

Arms has powerful burst damage abilities with short cooldowns, making it both extremely competitive and easy to play in Mythic+ dungeons, where it can align those abilities with most pulls. Although it will not always fill every global between cooldowns, those abilities refresh frequently enough that the downtime is minimal, and further reduced by higher gear. In addition to powerful on-demand burst-AoE, Arms also excels at two target cleave, making it the premier choice any time additional targets are involved. Defensively, Arms Warriors are one of the weaker specializations, with a long primary cooldown and niche defensive talent choices.

6. Changelog

  • 13 Jul. 2019 (this page): Removed old patch references.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (rotation page): Extra notation regarding Essence use in the opener.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): More tips added, especially for Azshara; several Essence recommendations changed.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Added Azerite trait recommendations.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Small note regarding Conflict and Strife Essence.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Eternal Palace azerite.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Changed potion to Unbridled Fury.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated BiS for Season 3.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Added Essence recommendations.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Added new Enchants and Consumables for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): Added notes on Essence use for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Noted Test of Might Essence synergy and adjusted tiers for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Noted Fervor of Battle Essence synergy.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (this page): Changes in Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 05 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated Uu'nat talents.
  • 09 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added additional Mythic difficulty tips.
  • 25 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): Fixed Fervor of Battle AoE toggle.
  • 25 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Removed old reference to Executioner's Precision.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (this page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (gear page): BiS updated to include Crucible of Storms gear.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (gear page): Updated Gear Set.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (this page): Added Patch 8.1.5 change log.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated tips for Jaina.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added new tips.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Guide was created.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (how to improve page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (spells page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added Battle of Dazar'alor raid gear. Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (rotation page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (simulations page): Added Bloodmallet Racial comparisons. Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (stats page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (this page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Added Reaping. Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (addons page): Added Charge macro, and updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (Uldir page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated viability in Patch 8.1.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Battle Shout to list of changes.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated note for Gathering Storm.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Patch 8.1 updates, clarified the use of Mortal Strike during Execute.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Patch 8.1 updates, removed Executioner's Precision.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Patch 8.1 updates, added list of major changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Patch 8.1 updates, added new Azerite Trait Striking the Anvil.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Patch 8.1 updates, adjusted Uldir Azerite BiS.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 16 Nov. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Formatting updates, expanded trait rankings and details.
  • 13 Nov. 2018 (rotation page): Added new toggles, multi-target toggles, better Overpower and Execute use.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Gale-Force buff.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Uldir release.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated BiS for Uldir release.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Uldir and Mythic+ release; removed legendary reference.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Improved stipulations for Deadly Calm, Skullsplitter, and Test of Might.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Mythic+ release.
  • 28 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Integrated Bloodmallet charts.
  • 28 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Integrated Bloodmallet charts.
  • 28 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated BiS list for Azerite hotfixes and integrated Bloodmallet trinket charts.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated stat weights and Mastery description to account for hotfix.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Clarified Sweeping Strikes use alongside Bladestorm.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated simulations to account for Mastery hotfix.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated stat weight and Azerite simulations to account for Mastery hotfix.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated recommendations to account for Mastery hotfix.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Changed dungeon talent recommendation.
  • 17 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated stat recommendation and Mastery description to account for hotfix.
  • 14 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added (empty for now).
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (simulations page): Updated racial bonus comparisons.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated Antorus trinket and racial bonus comparisons.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 18 Jan. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Season 2.
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